When Invisalign was introduced to the market, I could tell right away how popular clear aligners were going to be with my patients. The convenience of removing the trays, even if only for 2 hours a day, would absolutely change the orthodontics game. Soon enough, they were everywhere, as people began opting for them over traditional metal braces.
The clear aligner lifestyle is ideal for adults, and my patients love the combination of flexibility and discretion that Invisalign provides. But straightening teeth with invisible braces is no walk in the park. The trays, which have to be worn for 22 hours each day, are hard, tight, and require some lifestyle adjustment. Many people are surprised at how painful a new set of trays can be, and I often hear complaints about bad breath and dry mouth.
Back in those early days, my colleagues and I didn’t have much to give people who complained about these common symptoms. Other than plastic Invisalign chewies, there were no accessories that could help patients stay on track with their treatment, improve the comfort of daily wear time, and freshen bad breath.
And that just didn’t sit right with me.
So I started tinkering around with various designs. At first I tried to reshape the chewie, but quickly expanded my thinking beyond chewie foam. My goal was to create an alternative to the chewie that would encourage patients to perform their chewing exercises (which are important both for seating trays and soothing sore teeth and gums) while also freshening their breath.
After two long but also thrilling years of work, I finally had a prototype for Movemints, the Mint that Fits Clear Aligners®. I applied for and secured a patent, found a manufacturer, and we were off to the races. Today, I provide Movemints to all of my patients, and they love them. And what’s really exciting is that my orthodontic colleagues are starting to love them too!
Invisalign Chewies vs. Movemints Clear Aligner Mints
Recently, we invited two of them to contribute a story for the Movemints blog about why they love Movemints, and how they are incorporating them into their patient treatment plans. Our first contributor is Dr. Amanda Cheng, a Harvard-educated orthodontist who leads Days to Smile Orthodontics in San Francisco, CA. We met Dr. Cheng at the American Association of Orthodontists conference in Washington, DC where we introduced our Invisalign chewies alternative to the orthodontic world.
In her post, she describes why she prefers Movemints over clear aligner chewies. Read it here, or click on the graphic below!
Movemints Promote Compliance With 22 Hour Daily Wear Guidelines
Melissa is a blogger and a dentist with whom we connected during a recent promotional campaign, and her husband is an orthodontist who provides Invisalign to his patients. So they both hear plenty of feedback from patients about the trials and tribulations of oral care. One of the more common, they tell us, is the inability to chew gum or eat breath mints during orthodontic treatment.
In their experience, this leads patients to make poor decisions about what they put in their mouth, or a lack of willpower when it comes to wearing their trays for the full 22 hour daily time. These decisions can lead to suboptimal results and other dental issues that go beyond an irregular smile.
This is why they both support Movemints, and their blog post makes that clear. They call Movemints “a true win for both the patient for eating something and a win for the orthodontist because this allows patient compliance.”
Music to my ears, and I couldn’t agree more!
Treat Your Patients to the Only Edible Accessory for Clear Braces
If you want to help your patients the same way that I now help mine, I have good news! You can buy unlimited samples of Movemints for your orthodontic practice! Each sample package includes thirty 3 count sample bags of Movemints, which are perfect for including in patient sample bags, plus coupons that you can give your patients to save on their next order from us.